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Ch.7 Radford adds noon to anchor duties, talking contract extension

Channel 7 anchor Keith Radford has added another newscast to his duties at the ABC affiliate.

But the bigger news is the E.W. Scripps station wants Radford to stay beyond the end of his current contract. It expires this November, a month after his 65th birthday.

“We are interested in extending Keith beyond his present contract,” said Channel 7 General Manager Michael Nurse.

Radford, who has lost his 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. anchor duties to Jeff Russo after Ashley Rowe came aboard in January as the station’s primary female co-anchor, started anchoring the station’s noon newscast on Friday. He also is the solo anchor at 5:30 p.m. and co-anchor with Rowe at 6 p.m.

Nurse confirmed Radford’s move to noon – where Channel 7 is a distant second to Channel 4 in a news time slot where Channel 2 doesn’t compete -- is a permanent one designed to give anchor Katie Morse more time to do stories for other newscasts.

“In this way, we also cross-promote the morning anchor while adding more resources to the evening,” said Nurse. “Keith graciously agreed and he still will be able to work on feature stories in between the 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts as needed.”

Inquiring minds want to know: How is Joanna Pasceri, Radford’s former co-anchor, doing? I ran into her at a St. Patrick’s Day event at the Irish Center Friday and can report she appears to be the latest former TV news personality to discover there is a good life outside of television. She appears to be very happy in her new role as the public information officer for the Erie County District Attorney’s office. She was hired last month by Acting DA Michael J. Flaherty Jr., who will be up for election in November after being named to the post after Frank A. Sedita III was elected a Supreme Court Justice in January.

apergament@buffnews.com

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